1st LD Writethru: Death toll in armed attacks in Egypt's Sinai rises to 5

July 22, 2013 11:02 am 

CAIRO, July 22 — At least four security personnel and one civilian were shot dead and 17 others injured on Sunday in several armed attacks in Egypt's North Sinai governorate bordering Israel, a security official told Xinhua.

"The four security men include three who were shot dead by snipers earlier in the day, while the fourth and the civilian were killed in an armed attacks near a police station," the source said, noting the attacks continued until the early hours of Monday.

He added that the snipers and the militants were believed to belong to the hardline Jihadist groups affiliated with supporters of recently-ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The security men were targeted while they were on duties at police stations and security checkpoints in Arish and Rafah cities in the peninsula.

Also on Sunday, militants attacked a police station, a police club and an army checkpoint in Arish city in North Sinai as well as a military camp in Rafah.

"The 17 seriously injured people include 11 security men and six civilians," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Over the past two weeks, more than 25 people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed in similar armed attacks on security premises and checkpoints in North Sinai.

The recurrent attacks came after the Egyptian army, backed by a popular uprising, ousted Morsi earlier this month.

Security sources said the attacks were carried out by Islamist groups to pressure the military for Morsi's return.

Armed attacks on police and military premises and checkpoints prevailed in Sinai Peninsula due to lack of security following the 2011 mass protests that toppled ex-President Hosni Mubarak. (PNA/Xinhua)

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